Scorpions, spiders and snakes. I am talking about deadly things that hide inside of a stack of wood. It is not limited to wood, but I think it is their favorite. They will hide under plastic, buckets, shingles, and there is a large amount more. The object or objects does not have to be laying around more than five minutes for something get on it.
When I was a small child I learned how to pickup wood and other objects while staying safe from scorpions, snakes, and spiders. In this article I will do my best to pass on this knowledge, and give some examples of the things I have seen.
Before you pick up a board or any other object, you need to check all sides. Lets take a two by four for example (wood). The worst thing you can do is handle it with your hands at first. Before you handle it all sides need to be checked, then you can handle it with your hands. First look at the exposed side, and look for spiders, scorpions, and even caterpillars. If you see nothing, then next you want to flip this board over. Not with your hands, because that is how people can get stung. I will leave the object you use to you, but give an example of what I use. If I have a claw hammer, I will hook the edge of the board, and then flip it over while watching out for anything. Sometimes I will flip it over a couple of times just to make sure, kind of like looking twice before walking across the street.
If something is on it or there, you want to remove it before handling the board or object. Do not get it off with your hand. Even if you see someone else do it, like flicking a scorpion, do not do it. I have found it safer to just get the scorpion or spider off with out killing it. The problem with doing that is the scorpion or spider is running free, and will crawl back into the wood pile, or what ever you are handling. Sometimes it is best to smash the scorpion or spider with something. Being careful that it does not get on you. Even after it has been smashed, never handle it with your hands. A smashed scorpion or spider can still sting you. Even if completely flat, it can still sting you.
I have been talking about scorpions and spiders. Now I want to talk about snakes. I do not know how I can label which one is more dangerous. Personally I do not like to encounter snakes, but prefer the scorpions. And I prefer spiders over the scorpions. A snake can lash out and bite you before you notice it. This is one reason why you want to flip over the object with out touching it. I have found snakes hiding under metal sheeting, plywood, big and flat things like that. What I do when I find a snake, is let everyone who is working around me know about it. I do not try and kill it, but try and run it off. You want to be sure everyone around you knows it is there. It would be pretty bad for someone to pickup your slack, just to get bitten.
I run these critters off instead of killing them, because I love to let everything live. That depends on the situation however. Sometimes more lives are at risk when letting something live.
When ever I am moving something, I almost always will see at least one spider. The scorpions show up often, but not as often as the spiders. Then there is the snakes that I encounter, they are the rarest of those three.
I have encountered snakes, scorpions, spiders of all kinds, and other creepy crawlies such as ants. You can discover these deadly things hiding in wood, sheet metal, trash, garbage and all kinds of objects. They even hide inside of cars or car parts. The object that these types of things hide in does not have to be laying around longer than five minutes. It’s best to make sure nothing is waiting to surprise you.